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  • benenglish

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    I've been doing some reading and you know how it is. You start by researching one thing (in this case, backup generators) and you wind up stumbling across all sorts of weird side topics.

    I would have never thought of this, but it seems that some people who have gas wells on their property negotiated rights to tap that well for their personal use. IOW, some lucky folks have an unlimited supply of free natural gas. Apparently, many years ago this was a common contract provision. It's up to them to run the lines and the companies that own the wells, frankly, would prefer that no one exercise their options. Still, some people do.

    Is anyone here familiar with how to work with a situation like that? If you had unlimited free natural gas, how would you go about using it to power your home and everything else that uses energy?
     

    TXARGUY

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    I'm a Landman. That used to be a fairly common provision in the leases (if the mineral owner negotiated right).

    It's been years since I've seen a company accept the provision.

    Pretty much a thing of the past.
     

    Saltyag2010

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    Hmmm. I need to study some documents.

    Salty, I've seen wells running under thier own power via separators and ajax one lung engines all my life.
    They will if you don't mind changing sheets for a Barton meter and having no communications/efms/electric controls.
    Theres nothing that translates to survival or cheap electricity. The compressors break down sometimes and require a Gauger to check them at least 1x/day. If it goes down you're sol until the Gauger comes back by.
    A lot of operators don't trust Barton meters for their sales either. I sure wouldn't. Separators usually don't have any problems except for high water or high pressures
     

    benenglish

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    Well, so much for that idea. There are some nice, small generators that run on natural gas or propane. However, scaling up to whole-house application probably isn't a productive line of thought.
     

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    Contractors sell whole house generators that hook up to gas lines. Last storm netted a friend that has one a $1000 gas bill. But they waited out the power company with the AC running.

    profound thinking about stuff
     
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